Materials - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780081023761


4th Edition

Engineering, Science, Processing and Design

Authors: Michael Ashby Hugh Shercliff David Cebon
Paperback ISBN: 9780081023761
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 30th November 2018
Page Count: 816
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Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design, Fourth Edition, is the essential materials engineering text for students who need to develop an understanding of materials properties and selection for engineering applications. Taking a unique, design-led approach that is broader in scope than other texts, the book meets the curriculum needs of a wide variety of courses in the materials and design field, including Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering, Engineering Materials, Materials Selection and Processing, and Behavior of Materials. This new edition retains its design-led focus and strong emphasis on visual communication while also expanding its coverage of material properties, in particular, non-metals.

Key Features

  • Provides a design-led approach that motivates and engages students in the study of materials science and engineering through real-life case studies and illustrative applications
  • Highly visual full color graphics facilitate an understanding of materials concepts and properties
  • Presents chapters on materials selection, design and fundamentals, thus helping students understand specific fundamentals in the design process
  • Includes a solutions manual, lecture slides, online image bank and materials selection charts for use in class handouts or lecture presentations


Upper level undergraduate materials, mechanical, chemical, civil and aeronautical engineering students taking courses in materials science and engineering, materials processing, behavior of materials, and engineering design

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: materials-history and character
2. Family trees: organising materials and processes
3. Strategic thinking: matching material to design
4. Stiffness and weight: density and elastic moduli
5. Flex, sag and wobble: stiffness-limited design
6. Beyond elasticity: plasticity, yielding and ductility
7. Bend and crush: strength-limited design
8. Fracture and fracture toughness
9. Shake, rattle and roll: cyclic loading, damage and failure
10. Keeping it all together: fracture-limited design
11. Rub, slither and seize: friction and wear
12. Agitated atoms: materials and heat
13. Running hot: using materials at high temperatures
14. Conductors, insulators and dielectrics
15. Magnetic materials
16. Materials for optical devices
17. Durability: oxidation, corrosion, degradation
18. Heat, beat, stick and polish: manufacturing processes
19. Follow the recipe: processing and properties
20. Materials, processes and the environment
Guided Learning Unit 1: Simple Ideas of Crystallography
Guided Learning Unit 2: Phase diagrams and phase transformations
Appendix. Data for engineering materials


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About the Author

Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London, UK

Mike Ashby is sole or lead author of several of Elsevier’s top selling engineering textbooks, including Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product Design, Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Materials and the Environment, and Materials: Engineering, Science, Processing and Design. He is also coauthor of the books Engineering Materials 1&2, and Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Society Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge, and Former Visiting Professor of Design at the Royal College of Art, London

Hugh Shercliff

Hugh Shercliff

Hugh Shercliff is a Senior Lecturer in Materials in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He is a co-author of Michael Ashby's Materials, Third Edition (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2013), and a contributor on aluMATTER, an e-learning website for engineers and researchers sponsored by the European Aluminium Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer in Materials, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK

David Cebon

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Cambridge University, UK

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, England

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